NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
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WCVM, UofS, 52 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, SK

MSc. Students

Abby Tillotson, BSc
MSc Student

Abby Tillotson is currently an MSc graduate student in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science in the College of AgBio, University of Saskatchewan. Abby is originally from British Columbia but has spent the last six years living in Saskatoon throughout the completion of her undergraduate degree in Animal Bioscience. Abby first started working with pigs in the summer of 2019, when her passion for animal welfare, specifically in the swine industry, only grew. Abby has previous experience with sheep and poultry and is excited to continue working in the realm of swine behaviour and welfare research.

The effects of environmental enrichment and timing of enrichment provision on the development of damaging behaviours in swine

Carmen Cole, BSc
MSc Student

Carmen completed a BSc in Animal Bioscience at the University of Saskatchewan in 2022. Her degree provided a broad background in agricultural and companion animal health, management, and industry knowledge. Carmen’s introduction to the magnificent world of pig behaviour and welfare was through her undergraduate research thesis project on piglet play behaviour and the weaning transition, completed with Dr. Seddon. Continuing with her professional development, Carmen spent a year working as a research technician in Dr. Seddon’s lab, developing her laboratory, animal welfare, and scientific skillsets. This led Carmen to pursue an MSc project that focuses on developing a new technique for euthanizing large swine on-farm. She is inspired to remain in the field of pig welfare research while working to connect with the swine industry.

Project: Development and validation of one-step electrocution for on-farm euthanasia of large swine.